When it comes to health trends, I'll give most anything a try. Green smoothies, kombucha, or kale quinoa bowls? Throw it at me. But don't ask me to give up coffee. For what it's worth, though, the unusual mental and physical benefits of cutting back to just one cup of coffee a day are pretty impressive. Even for a diehard coffee fiend like me, moderating coffee intake may be worthwhile, at least some of the time.
For many people, cutting out coffee altogether is not an appetizing option. The promise of a warm mug of coffee makes the prospect of getting up in the morning less tedious. And what can enliven a lousy afternoon slump better than some frothy concoction from your favorite coffee shop?
That being said, this beloved brew comes with a dark side. Although the exact amount of coffee you can safely consume will vary from person to person, drinking four or more cups of coffee a day is probably overdoing it, according to the Mayo Clinic. The many health benefits that result from scaling back your caffeine consumption may convince you to step away from the French press a little earlier in the day, or altogether. (Oh who am I kidding. That will never happen.)